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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:13 pm 
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Quick question gents, plan on doing a very simple garden bench build for my young nephew. All okay, up to the point that I am not sure how to take the sharp edges off of the square 50mm x 50mm wood I am using with the tools I have. I have a jigsaw, sander, circular saw and mitre saw...I don't want to buy a router for a £20 build/present.

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This is what I plan on using, and I need to round off the edges for the arms and front seat slats.

Plan is something simple like this: https://youtu.be/LrtF2Iz1Xcc

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:41 pm 
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Do you have a block plane/hand plane? If so, plane it roughly round and then finish with the sander.



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Thanks Rorschach, I haven't...Been looking at options all afternoon, but without spending, I seem to be struggling. Cabinet scrapers have been mentioned, just looking at them to see if they would do it, the curved ones are quite cheap.


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Cabinet scrapers don't really work well on softwood, and they're meant for taking fine shavings off for finishing.
Really you can't beat Rorschach's method as a "get around" if you don't have a router.



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Cheers gents..would this suffice? Trying to keep it <£20 if possible as it's just for this one off job:

http://www.toolstation.com/shop/p10588?table=no


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:00 pm 
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Even cheaper:

http://www.toolstation.com/shop/Clearan ... ave/p20438


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You'll find it easier with the plane, and probably get more future use out of it as well. I'm not a fan of Silverline tools personally.
You'll need to sharpen the blade of either before use.


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cls timber comes with rounded corners
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=cls+timber&t= ... &ia=images

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A block plane (or a smoother ) and then some scratch is what I'd use - a Surform (+scratch) might be a better idea if the OP doesn't know how to sharpen a plane.

(Just off to wash my mouth out with soap and water - Surform !!) :oops: :mrgreen:

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Whats "scratch" Ayjay?


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If you go down the plane route then homebase have some irwin record sp4 planes on offer at various stores but you have to check stock availability in your area. looks like a good price to me. £12.80
http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk ... 0mm-316877


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omegac wrote:
Whats "scratch" Ayjay?


Sorry. :oops:

Glasspaper - more commonly (but incorrectly) known as sandpaper - more often supplied nowadays as Aluminium Oxide paper.

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Thanks, scratch it is...if it's not too rubbish, hopefully I'll post a pic later in the week :boxing:


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Hi,

As already suggested just for this one off job abrasive paper used with a backing block should be sufficient and cheapest; 60 grit followed by 180 grit; depends though how much you want to round the corners. :scratch:

Treat yourself to a small router for Christmas then you'll have the router for future jobs; with tools you usually get what you pay for; Poundland used to do a very basic block plane which would work for knocking corners off but it would need sharpening.

I like your style though; are you a Yorkshireman by any chance? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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I still have my Surform which I must have had for 40 plus years. It still has the original blade in it :thumbright: which either means that I have not used it much or it bloody brilliant :lol: I have to say it would be excellent for this job.

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